Iko Iko (jackomo)~ James "Sugar Boy" Crawford cover





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Uploaded on Jun 1, 2009

I don't know very much about this song except to say that it was written and recorded by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford in 1953 and has been covered by many people since from Dr. John to the Dixie Cups. I wanted to find some reliable information regarding the translation of some of the terms used but found little out there (I discount Wikipdia on ALL subjects)

It was based, according to Crawford, on Mardi Gras Indian chants and is, basically a call-and-answer song to do with competing tribes or gangs in the Mardi Gras parade with each side issuing threats to destroy the other's costumes. "gonna set yo tail on fire" and " gonna get yo chken wire" (chicken wire being the foundation for the more elaborate costumes) are just a couple of the threats issued.

This version is a mixture of several versions as some are sung using entirely New Orleans dialect words or creole patois and others are completely anglicized.

So in some verses I have kept words like Mareine and others I have translated it as Grandma for example. A bit of a hotch-potch but I have kept my favourite verses from the many out there.

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